Service behind AT&T U-Verse could be sold within weeks
Microsoft is allegedly talking to Ericsson to sell its IPTV business. The sale, which would include the same MediaRoom unit that powers the U-Verse IPTV service from AT&T among others, could be announced by the companies in the next few weeks, and could be a way for Microsoft to streamline its Entertainment and Devices division.
Music Choice adds VJ channel, 46 music stations
AT&T and Music Choice have announced the addition of Music Choice to the AT&T U-verse TV channel line-up through a unique TV application. The Music Choice app adds SWRV, an interactive music network that puts viewers in control by allowing them act as a VJ, creating their own playlists that get voted on by other users. In addition, the Music Choice app allows users to choose from 46 music stations, commercial free.
New 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
Hitachi GST has added two new drive families to its consumer hard drive range aimed at the growing digital video recorder (DVR), IPTV set-top-box (STB), video surveillance and emerging hard-drive embedded TV markets. The new drives include the 3.5-inch CinemaStar 5K2000 family, which comes in 2TB and 1.5TB capacities, and the 2.5-inch CinemaStar C5K750 family which comes in 750GB, 640GB and 500GB capacities. Each has been developed to meet the specific needs of the A/V market.
Genuine innovation rarely seen in RCU space
Motorola today used IBC 2010 to unveil its new range of remotes for its IPTV set-top boxes. Designed to offer better solutions for the burgeoning connected TV market, the NXYboard and the NXY green, offer unique approaches to RCU design.
Flash for TVs shown at NAB
At a recession-dampened NAB show, Adobe's demo of Flash for the Digital Home was one of few exhibits to draw large crowds on Monday. The company set up a mock living room, complete with an easy chair to demonstrate the ground-breaking technology, which could finally bring IPTV into the mainstream.
Blockbuster set-top soon
Confirming earlier rumors, Blockbuster has announced plans to build a set-top box that will stream digital movies to TVs. The company's CEO, Jim Keyes, further notes that the the device will be associated with its Movielink rental and purchase service, but has not provided details on costs, capabilities or hardware specifications. A release is expected sometime during the holiday season; also in development is support for Blockbuster streaming through Intel chips inside IPTV hardware.
Celrun LLUON A1 PC IPTV
Korea's Celrun recently introduced the LLUON A1, a new combo computer which doubles as an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) in addition to its role as a PC. Users can also watch regular TV on the A1. The 18.4-inch LCD screen depends on a TV-level 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1680x954 resolution, and switches its operating system based on the context: it reverts to Windows as the operating system when in PC mode and Linux for IPTV service.
Apple FM/TV receiver?
Apple may be looking to build or support new add-ons capable of streaming radio and/or TV to its handhelds, a new patent application suggests. The device would attach directly to a handheld such as an iPhone or iPod, and pick up signals from one or more formats including AM, FM, HD or satellite radio, or TV standards such as cable, satellite, over-the-air or IPTV. More conventional reception means could include Wi-Fi, cellular or Ethernet.
Verizon on cableco options
Verizon is putting pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to make switching away from cable companies easier, Reuters reports. The company observes while phone companies will often handle the switchover from one carrier to another themselves, cable subscribers must typically get their own cable disconnected. This discourages people from switching, Verizon argues, "entrenching the cable incumbents' dominant market position."
Equinux software updates
Equinux has updated two of its key programs, MediaCentral and VPN Tracker. MediaCentral operates as a kind of Mac equivalent to Windows Media Center, combining the playback of several types of media within one program; users can not only load music, photos and videos, but DVD movies and TV, the latter offering the option of IPTV or digital broadcast. Version 2.7 retools the TV engine for better video quality and faster channel switching, as well automatic timeshifting when hitting pause. The software costs $30.